Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! We hope you and your children had an enjoyable half term break. Please find below information about this term.
Year 3 will begin the term by looking at a poem called ‘Russian Doll’ by Rachel Rooney. The children will discuss the poem and write their own versions of the poem. They will then learn about explanation texts, planning and writing their own using paragraphs. Later in the term, year 3 will study, perform and write playscripts from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ As part of this, the Young Shakespeare Company will be coming to Belleville to perform the play on Friday 27th March. Further details about this will follow nearer to the time.
The children will continue to be given a list of spellings in their reading records each week. They should practise spellings these words at home. They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class.
The children receive a guided reading book from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher. Please ensure that your child’s guided reading book and reading record is in their book bag every day. The children will also be given the opportunity to take a book home to read from the class library.
The children will continue to learn about money at the start of term, solving problems involving money. They will then move onto learning to tell the time using analogue clocks, 12-hour and 24-hour clocks and using Roman numerals. They will be measuring time in seconds, minutes and hours. Following this, the children will be drawing and reading graphs and will then start to learn about fractions. They will add, subtract and find equivalent fractions.
The children will continue to develop their knowledge of times tables and we will focus on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Times tables are key facts to learn and any extra practise at home is very helpful.
This term, year 3 will be learning about light. They will learn that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. They will explore light using mirrors to understand that light is reflected from surfaces. The children will investigate shadows, how they are formed and how the size of shadows can change. They will also learn that light from the sun can be dangerous and ways that they can protect their eyes.
Year 3’s geography topic this term will be Food. They will learn about where a range of food types come from around the world and understand that fruit and vegetables naturally ripen at different times of year. The children will explore why so much food is wasted in the UK and why some people do not have enough to eat. They will identify impacts of food wastage and suggest ways to reduce food wastage, as well as thinking about what might make food production difficult.
In RE, year 3 will be exploring the question of how the world began. They will learn about a range of different stories about creation and why these stories are seen as important in some faith traditions.
Year 3 will continue to learn about their topic of ‘Keeping Ourselves Healthy and Safe’. They will continue to learn lots of different ways to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, as well as different ways to stay safe.
The children will be using the ipads to create and complete a class survey and analyse the results for their class.
Year 3 will continue to learn about the topic: At school. They will continue to practise saying how they travel to school, list the contents of their pencil case, name school subjects, tell the time and name the rooms. They will participate in a French performance this term.
This term, year 3 will start by continuing with sounds B, A, G, C and D and working at improving their finger co-ordination and playing more challenging songs. They will then extend their recording playing, notation reading, composing and improvising using the sounds B, A, G, C, D and E.
Year 3 will be making an Egyptian sarcophagus from clay. They will use their history knowledge from last half term to decorate the sarcophagus with Egyptian symbols and hieroglyphics.
All children require a complete change of clothes for PE in the school colours of light blue, navy blue or white, including suitable footwear. Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing such as tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers and jumpers when the weather is colder. It is particularly important that jewellery is not worn on PE days.
If PE is before morning break (period 1 or 2), children may arrive at school dressed in their PE kit bringing their school uniform in a bag to change into. If PE is at the end of the day, your child should come to school in their uniform and will come home in their PE kit. We would also ask that all school uniform and belongings are clearly labelled with their name and class to ensure safe return.
Those who have PE clubs before school are still expected to change into uniform during register time.
Outdoor games will continue with invasion games, continuing to develop the fundamental movement skills for the tactics and awareness required to attack, defend, pass, receive, aim and score in team games. Children will explore using a variety of balls for invasion sports, developing their skills in controlling the ball with both hands and feet and begin playing small sided games.
All classes will have a weekly gymnastics lesson with our gymnastics coaches this term.
Homework will continue to be set on a Wednesday to be completed by Monday. This will be English (Treasure House) and maths (Mathletics). It is to consolidate what the children have been learning in class. Each piece of homework should take no longer than 30 minutes. We recommend that your child has a piece of paper and a pencil to help them with their Mathletics homework. If your child is struggling to complete their homework in this time, please let us know.
Your child should also complete a piece of reading and spelling homework before their next guided reading session.
Trips and Assemblies
As detailed in a letter last half term, 3G, 3E and 3D will be visiting the Saatchi Gallery this half term to see the treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
3G: Wednesday 11th March
3E: Friday 20th March
3D: Wednesday 25th March
This half term, 3C parents and carers are invited to come and watch your child show what they have been learning in their class assembly on Thursday 5th March at 3:05pm at Webb’s Road.
We are in the playground before and after school on a daily basis. If there are any queries or problems, please do not hesitate to speak to us.
We look forward to another successful term!
Many thanks for your continued support,
The Year 3 team
Megan Shaw (3S – Year Leader) Tom Greene (3G) Alex Edwards (3E)
Ellen Cheetham (3C) Sandy Deligiorgi (3D)
Download the Parent meeting Year 3